COVID-19 Update 4.8.2020

ICYMI: DHEC announced updated info on COVID-19 in SC today (Wednesday 4-8-20):

😷 139 new cases of COVID-19

😷 9 new cases in Greenville County

😷 Unfortunately, 12 more people passed away (all had underlying health conditions)

😷 Total confirmed cases in SC: 2,552

😷 In total, the virus has taken the lives of 63 of our fellow South Carolinians.

📰 Read the full press release here:

❓For more details, check out DHEC’s weekly update of positive cases by age group, gender, hospitalization, and race here:

🏡 And to help keep the virus from making more people sick and taking more of our neighbor’s lives, stay home and minimize contact with people outside your household to prevent the spread of the disease. Stay #SimplyHome to stay #SimplySafe and #SimplyHealthy!

Coronavirus Update

In yesterday’s press briefing, Dr. Linda Bell provided the following information on COVID-19 in our state:

😷 183 new cases today (Monday 4-6-20)
😷 Total cases in SC: 2,232 (Monday 4-6-20)
😷 We’ve seen an acceleration in the rate of increase.
😷 The average is now 187 new infections/day, which is up from an average of 90 new infections/day a week ago.

👩‍⚕️ According to SCDHEC, homemade masks may reduce the amount of virus you breathe out and may prevent you from touching your nose and mouth. However, masks are not intended to replace social distancing and handwashing recommendations to combat COVID-19. These are still the best way to stay safe!

Watch a tutorial on how to make a homemade mask and learn how they can properly protect others here:

I don’t think this mask is my favorite accessory, so I’m probably just staying home! And that’s what the Governor has asked us to do. Don’t go out if you don’t have to! Stay #SimplySafe, Simpsonville!

Coronavirus Update: Home or Work Order

ICYMI: Yesterday Governor McMaster issues a Home or Work Order. It goes into effective at 5 PM today. According to this new Executive Order, all South Carolinians must remain at home or work unless visiting family, exercising, or obtaining essential goods or services. In addition, essential businesses must limit shoppers to either 20% of capacity or 5 people per 1,000 sq ft. Read more in this article from The Greenville News.

Staying Healthy in Isolation

I’ve heard a lot of people talk (or seems them post online) about the negative effect social distancing) isolation is having on them. I know I’ve been feeling extra stress during this time. The experts have some suggestions for helping:

☑️ Create a routine
☑️ Break up your day
☑️ Take care of your body
☑️ Help others
☑️ Stay connected
☑️ Limit media intake
☑️ Prepare medical supplies
☑️ Fight boredom
☑️ Avoid burnout
☑️ Focus on the positives
☑️ Take one day at a time

Read more from the experts:

After reading the article, I made a list of some things I will commit to doing every day of isolation.

What are you doing to take care of yourself and stay #SimplySafe and #SimplyHealthy?

Take out, delivery, & curbside pickup!

Someone just asked me if Exchange Co. is open. It is! With some seriously yummy looking gluten-free comfort food. You can order at the counter or order by app. It occurred to me then that we should share our favorite Simpsonville eateries that are still serving take-out, to-go, or curbside.
Here are some I know:
⭐ Stella’s Southern Bistro
⭐A Slice of Brooklyn Pizza Cafe – Simpsonville
⭐Kaffeine Coffee Shop And Roastery
⭐Sidewall Pizza Company
⭐Tacos & Bla Bla Bla
⭐ Anthony’s Pizzeria
⭐ Henry’s Smokehouse BBQ
⭐ King Tut Grill
⭐ Thai Cuisine

Which small, local restaurants do you know are still serving? I’ll update this list. Let’s support them as much as we can during these trying times!

GCRA Resolution Approved

Also at Tuesday’s Business Meeting, we hosted a public hearing for the Greenville County Redevelopment Authority 2020 Program Year Annual Action Plan. Later, Council unanimously approved Resolution #2020-03, CDBG/HOME Funds for FY 2020. What I find most exciting about our plan for this year is that HOME and CDBG funds will both go to support housing for the first time I can remember. Previously, we’ve spent money on sidewalks in low to moderate income neighborhoods like Woodside and Boyd/Morton, and we’ve funded the Senior Center. All have been valuable efforts that improved our community. This year, though, the funds will also help support the building of the 13 homes planned for the Habitat for Humanity Woodside Project. This is important because we have an affordable housing problem in Greenville County and in our own city. In fact, Simpsonville was identified as one of seven municipalities statewide with an especially severe shortage of affordable housing.

Notably, we still have GCRA funds to apply to improvements for the Senior Center and for the facade program.

Additionally, please note that GCRA will conduct a Citizen Participation Needs Assessment on March 2, 2020 at 6 PM at the Simpsonville Public Library. Please plan to join!

Reducing Speed on South Main

One of the things Council voted at last night’s Committee of the Whole: lowering the speed limit on South Main. Council voted unanimously to reduce the speed limit to 20 MPH, and staff will begin the process to determine what, if any, other traffic calming measures may be necessary. The vote comes after several citizens called, emailed, and spoke at Council about problems with speeders in the area where our new shared use path/trail begins. As we create a more walk/bike friendly environment in downtown, we must ensure the safety of our residents and visitors. Additional safety measures like the “armadillo” barriers have already been planned and should be installed in the near future. Council and staff also discussed the need for better enforcement in the area. Chief Hanshaw will work on that. The new speed limit would be in effect from Trade St to Fairview. This is South Main, which is the road that runs directly in front of Vaughn’s (between Vaughn’s and the Pumpkin Patch location) down to Goodwill. It is where the paving for the trail was just completed. This is not Main St., which runs in front of Powderhorn, Chancellor’s Park,  etc. Final vote: February 11.

Railroad Ties @ Coachwood

Serving on City Council isn’t just about showing up to meetings. Sometimes, for example, it’s showing up to a neighborhood in your Ward on Saturday morning to check out a constituent concern. Today that neighborhood is Coachwood and the concern is this giant pile of railroad ties. I discovered that it’s taller than I am in places! And I agree with the citizen who expressed concern: it’s unsightly and needs to be removed ASAP. I spoke to the City Administrator and Public Works Director, and they assure me that we are working closely with the railroad to have them remove their debris in a timely fashion. I’ll keep following up with staff. As I’ve said before, I’m proud to live in Simpsonville and proud to live in Ward 3, and I will always advocate for the best interests of the city and my neighbors. Want to share your own concern? You can always use the website like this citizen did. Here’s the link: Alternatively, my email is Have a wonderful Saturday!